Open studios at Banks Mill

2012-11-23%20-%20Banks%20Mill%20Open%20Studios%20-%20Opening%20night-005Banks Mill Studios, a creative hub of Derby talent will be opening its doors to allow us to see how the very best artists and designer makers create their unique hand-made products this month.

Banks Mill, on Bridge Street in Derby is home to a wide variety of creative businesses including jewellery, ceramics, fine art, printmaking, textiles and accessories, illustration, photography, film making and design agencies.

The free Open Studios event from November 22 to 24 has steadily grown over the last decade, with hundreds of visitors every year.

Among the 50 artists taking part will be painter Kerri Pratt, illustrator Heather Horsley, wildlife artist Kim Fowler, who won the Banks Mill prize at the Derby City Open Exhibition 2012/13 and Stevie Davies, who works with glass to make contemporary jewellery and wall art.

Open Studios 2013 is now across two venues, and the event will be bigger and better than ever before with the addition of a ‘Made in Derby’ Christmas market at the Enterprise Centre also on Bridge Street.

Banks Mill manager Laura Williams said: “We’re delighted to offer our visitors a fantastic experience which will showcase what Derby artists have to offer.

“During the event you will get the opportunity to talk to the artists about their work, buy their products, and also come away with a few unique Christmas presents which can’t be purchased anywhere else in the world.

“Our younger visitors will not be left out either as we have an arts trail where they can try to find different pieces of artwork and we’ll also have a face painter and other activities throughout the weekend.”

Banks Mill is a five-storey Victorian building that was converted from an old rope mill to artists’ studios by the University of Derby in 1999.

It now forms part of the Evolve business incubation network providing space and support to new and growing businesses.

The event will be open from 5-8pm on November 22, and 10am-4pm on the Saturday and Sunday.

For more details about Open Studios call 01332 594170, email banksmill@derby.ac.uk or visit http://www.evolvederby.co.uk